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Keep up on current issues, learn tips, avoid mistakes and enjoy the many benefits of reading our free articles. Subjects will span all of the sciences involved in gardening as well as design, happenings in the industry and solutions to common problems. Whether you are a seasoned pro with acres of property or a beginner using containers on an urban balcony, there will be something for all. Comment areas will allow for questions, replies and discussion on each subject. Collective wisdom can quite often be surpass the knowledge of the few. This site is meant to be interactive, and bring gardeners together. You are welcome to “sit on the sidelines” but we would invite you to be an active part of our community by making comments, asking questions and interacting in our forum.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Hort. Horrors

 

 

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HorticulturalHorrors.com is a meeting place for gardeners/landscapers of all skill levels and ages. Come gather, share and discuss the wide array of subjects that make gardening such an interesting and challenging pursuit. The blog posts, forum and newsletters will consistently be encouraging and sometimes humorous. There is no belittling here. We want all to feel free to ask questions and seek knowledge without fear. If you have a horticultural horror story and are confident enough to laugh about about it, post it on the forum. Maybe you’ll receive some advice that will help. You will help others to avoid making the same mistake by sharing. Whether you are growing in containers on an urban balcony or designing a part of your country acreage, there is something here for you. Something that will help you grow. Perhaps you might also nurture the growth of the less seasoned members of the Horticultural Horrors crew.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy our site. As professionals with many years in the field, we hope to promote proper practices, expose incorrect information, and help save you time and money making your gardening experience more enjoyable-Sincerely The HH Team

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Overview

We will walk you through the process of design, installation, renovation and maintenance of your landscape by providing you with a toolbox full of questions to ask yourself. You can’t search for answers if you don’t know which questions to ask. When you have completed this book you will understand how to select and maintain plants that will thrive in your garden. You’ll know the secrets to making your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Our objective in creating this book is to demonstrate what not to do and to expose impostors and poor media recommendations. This will save you money and time that will be better spent on successful practices. Our hope is that you will be able to spot landscaping “mistakes and fakes” and create successful, sustainable landscapes without the annoyance of the trial and error method.

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Keep up on current issues, learn tips, avoid mistakes and enjoy the many benefits of reading our free articles. Subjects will span all of the sciences involved in gardening as well as design, happenings in the industry and solutions to common problems. Whether you are a seasoned pro with acres of property or a beginner using containers on an urban balcony, there will be something for all. Comment areas will allow for questions, replies and discussion on each subject. Collective wisdom can quite often be surpass the knowledge of the few. This site is meant to be interactive, and bring gardeners together. You are welcome to “sit on the sidelines” but we would invite you to be an active part of our community by making comments, asking questions and interacting in our forum.

 

 

 

 

 

J2592x1944-01570

Mouse over the photos below.

Click on the square to read the related article. Click on the magnifying glass to expand the size of the picture.

Coming Soon!

COMING SOON

We are currently in the process of publishing our landscaping book. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and release information.

Overview

We will walk you through the process of design, installation, renovation and maintenance of your landscape by providing you with a toolbox full of questions to ask yourself. You can’t search for answers if you don’t know which questions to ask. When you have completed this book you will understand how to select and maintain plants that will thrive in your garden. You’ll know the secrets to making your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Our objective in creating this book is to demonstrate what not to do and to expose impostors and poor media recommendations. This will save you money and time that will be better spent on successful practices. Our hope is that you will be able to spot landscaping “mistakes and fakes” and create successful, sustainable landscapes without the annoyance of the trial and error method.

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Episode 1: Introduction to Horticultural Horrors, what we hope to accomplish and the resources available on the website. Today’s hint discusses the importance of sanitation in your pest management system and the importance of soil testing.

 

Episode 2: Today we discuss how to approach your landscape when it gets out of control. With this approach, you can formulate a plan to commence and complete your gardening work in the most efficient manner.

Introducing the HH (Horticultural Horrors) Team.

Victoria Vacher graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture and completed independent studies for a minor in Landscape Architecture. She held the position of editor and activities coordinator for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. She has been a teacher of Landscape Architecture at Cleveland State University and Tidewater Community College. She is a published garden writer with articles in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch. Vicki is a past director of the Fred Heuett Foundation in Norfolk, VA and served as president of The Virginia Beach Beautification Commission for two years. Since 1985, she has owned and operated North End Landscapes.

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Christopher Vacher is an avid naturalist, conservationist and outdoorsman. With 17 years in the landscaping industry he continues to stay current by attending classes, reading industry journals, attending workshops, studying relentlessly and constantly observing the ecosystems around him. Christopher has been published in The Virginia Biological Farmer. He is a VA Certified Pesticide Applicator and a VA Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. He is also an owner/operator of North End Landscapes. With his many years in the business, he is a master of installation, designing/constructing garden structures and finding solutions for difficult challenges. He heads up the pest management program in his company. For additional information: www.northendlandscapes.com

 

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HorticulturalHorrors.com is a meeting place for gardeners/landscapers of all skill levels and ages. Come gather, share and discuss the wide array of subjects that make gardening such an interesting and challenging pursuit. The blog posts, forum and newsletters will consistently be encouraging and sometimes humorous. There is no belittling here. We want all to feel free to ask questions and seek knowledge without fear. If you have a horticultural horror story and are confident enough to laugh about about it, post it on the forum. Maybe you’ll receive some advice that will help. You will help others to avoid making the same mistake by sharing. Whether you are growing in containers on an urban balcony or designing a part of your country acreage, there is something here for you. Something that will help you grow. Perhaps you might also nurture the growth of the less seasoned members of the Horticultural Horrors crew.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy our site. As professionals with many years in the field, we hope to promote proper practices, expose incorrect information, and help save you time and money making your gardening experience more enjoyable-Sincerely The HH Team


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Websites:

This is a fantastic resource for native plants suggestions to use in your landscape. There is an interactive interface where you enter your location, the site characteristics and what type of plant that you are looking for:

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/

 

Cooperative Extensions by State

Your local extension provides various services. They might help you identify pests, recommend control measures, as well as many other helpful. Whether you are in the most rural area of the US or New York City, there is an extension service that will provide you with assistance. Sometimes it could be on the phone, on email and other times in person.

 

Utility Marking Contact Information by State

 

Know what’s below. Call before you dig. Utility marking is not just for professionals. Homeowner’s need to take advantage of this free service to prevent damage and personal injury.